From the EastWing, A No Snow December, Hoping Buzz Words Buzz Off, Murder 110th

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

Did you notice that it did not snow in December? At least not here at the EastWing. We thought that kinda strange and so we looked. I can say for a fact that last month was the first December since 1968 where no snow fell at my location. Now if you really want to get into the weather facts of no snow in December, well, South Bend IN had a record low snow fall in December of 0.2 inches. The previous low snow fall record for South Bend was 0.5 inches, that set in 1912. With that being said, guess it’s safe to say we just had the lowest snow fall at the EastWing in well over 100 years.

As I sat this Sunday Afternoon in the EastWing watching blowing snow and falling temperatures while reading the National Weather Service warning of bad time to come here in the next 24 – 48 hours, I think oh well, only two months till spring. January and February, ‘cause everybody knows we start spring at the EastWing come March 1st.

As December, with its no snow, and 2014 slipped into their proper place of things that used to be, I was hoping some of the stuff that seem to annoy me would also go slip sliding away.

Buzz words such as “transparency”. I’ve heard that spoken so much I’m sick of the sound. Seems that it was to be the most transparent administration in the history of the republic. Or so the presidential candidate Obama promised in 2008. Hope and change along with transparency. Now we all know how both of those worked out.

“At the end of the day”. Much like transparency, I’m really sick of hearing people say “At the end of the day”. The phrase adds nothing to the conversation at hand, and does in my opinion make the speaker of such phrase, at the end of the day, look and sound stupid. Some words just don’t advance your argument in the way you are hoping.

A few years ago the democrat talking points on a particular issue included the word “gravitas”. I’m not even sure I now remember what the issue was to begin with, but do remember the stupidity of bombarding the air ways with every democrat saying gravitas every chance they could get.

Now if you may not be familiar with the phrase talking points, that’s when someone in the democrat system decided what to say about an issue, passed the statement along, and then everyone who had the slightest chance of getting in front of a TV camera memorized the talking points, and then performed much like the old vaudeville act of the Organ Grinder and the Monkey on the string. When the camera came on they made sure to say Gravitas and smile into your living room TV, as if they knew what they were talking about.

As for me, at the end of the day, those folks showed a lack of transparency and did not demonstrate the proper level of gravitas to garner my attention or support.

Just so the next time you hear gravitas, you’ll know where it came from.

Word Origin and History for gravitas . Noun.

1924, from Latin gravitas “weight, heaviness;” figuratively, of persons,”dignity, presence, influence” (see gravity ). A word that became usefulwhen gravity acquired a primarily scientific meaning.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

A friend of mine recently sent me an interesting set of statistics. I thought I’d share with you. It’s from the World Health Organization and it’s the murder statistics for the whole world. It’s the rate that we kill each other per 100,000 of us per year.

Honduras at 91.6 per 100,000 leads the world in murder rate !

With all the push for gun control in our nation, you’d think the United States would be near the top of the leader board, maybe # 2 or 3, surly in the top 5. Most defiantly in the top 10. Wrong, wrong, and wrong. The United States murder rate is 4.2 per 100,000 That ranks the United states in 110th place on the world list. That ranking in its self may be a surprise to many.

But Wait There’s More !!! All of the 109 countries with a higher murder rate than the Unites States, well those countries all have 100% gun control bans making it illegal for regular citizens of those countries to own guns.

The only nation that did not make the list is Switzerland. For a simple reason, they did not have any recorded gun murders during the time measured in the study. As strange as that may sound, keep in mind that in Switzerland the law requires every adult to own a gun and maintain marksman qualifications on a regular basis.

For all those preaching total and complete gun control in the United States, you may want to reconsider your position. If not you may want to consider relocating to Switzerland. At least you’d be safe there.

Stay safe in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From the EastWing, A No Snow December, Hoping Buzz Words Buzz Off, Murder 110th

I Wish You Well,